Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said the incidents occurred at Barbara Ann’s Too on Highway 257 and at Kathy’s Grocery on Highway 195. The two robberies took place about 15 minutes apart from each other.
The Sheriff’s Department is reviewing security footage at the scene of both incidents to look for possible clues to the identity of those involved.
Tirey said an undisclosed amount of cash was taken during the armed robberies in which he said a “long gun” was used.
“We’re going to be all-hands on deck with these robberies as we’ve had numerous incidents that have taken place lately and we’re eager to see this activity put to a stop,” Tirey said. “We’re still investigating the previous robberies, as well as now these two that occurred on Friday. We’ve stepped up patrol and uniformed officer duty around these businesses and others in the mean time in an effort to curtail this activity and keep the businesses and their employees safe.”
The robberies, which occurred at approximately 8:10 and 8:25 p.m., are the fifth and sixth to occur in a two-week span, including previous incidents in Boldo, Oakman and Goodsprings.